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Park Has Become a Problem for Neighbors

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OMAHA (KPTM)- Dandelions aren't the only things scattered throughout Deer Hallow Park.

"Just this slide, right here where you see the graffiti on it, will probably cost the city anywhere from $175 to $200," said councilman Garry Gernandt.

Gernandt is on the Deer Hallow Neighbor's Association.

The association fund raised $125,000 to help build the park in the early 2000s.

Since its construction, it has been a draw neighbors. "We had birthday parties there, we watched fireworks there when Rosenblatt did fireworks," said Kitty Brougham.

"It's a good family area, family oriented, once you move here you pretty much stay on the block, in the area," said Amy Barbaria.

Instead of kids running in the park, they say it's covered in graffiti and trash. "They'll plant little trees, and there will be kids that will come and just break them in half," said Brougham.

"Small percentage of individuals-I call them ‘no-minds,' that like to litter, and like to destroy property with graffiti and breaking stuff like that," said Gernandt.

"It's probably just a couple of people doing it-because the rest of the community uses the park, and loves it," said Barbaria.

Gernandt said the association is considering a couple of ways to keep the park clean and safe, including a neighborhood watch and talking with police for increased patrols

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